Women groups have been given an opportunity to showcase their products and talents to the public at the West Agriculture Show at Garvey Park in Tavua.
Locally made products were on display by women’s groups such as the New Advent Self Support Ministry, Tovatova Women’s group, Beauty Women Club, Lomalagi Women club, Yasiyasi Women’s Club, Tavualevu SSVM, Duavata Women’s Club, Vanuakula Women’s club, Nadolodolo Women’s club, Veilomani Women’s club and Nadelei Women’s Club.
The Nadelei Women’s club consisting of 30 women is involved in a beekeeping project and sells honey at $5.00 per bottle from their booth while the Yasiyasi Women’s Club of Tavua who sell pot plants have a yasi pot plant nursery.
69 year old, Luisa Ratu said that this is the first time these women have displayed their products during an Agriculture Show and they are looking forward to the exchange of skills and knowledge amongst other women.
“Products displayed at the Show are made from local materials resembling Fijian culture and tradition,” Luisa said.
The women sell products like fan, Voivoi basket, broom, mat and table cloth which in return earns money for their household.
Duavata Women’s club secretary Salome Koroi aged 64 year-old is an expert on patchwork with pillow cases and coffee table covers and is willing to teach other women.
“I want to share my skills with other women of other clubs especially young mothers,” Koroi said.
Meanwhile, 42-year-old housewife and mother of six siblings, Verenaisi Daveta said taking part in the show has given her the opportunity to learn about the different farming techniques in agriculture.
“I also encourage other women to take part in getting to know other skills not only crafts but to learn about farming techniques as well,” Daveta said.
The Show will be officially closed today by the Minister for Youth and Sports Mr Laisenia Tuitubou.